by Tammy Phillips
November 7, 2021
“Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” (Habakkuk 3:18 KJV)
Recap! One day, in less than two and a half hours this happened: I got a scripture from the Lord. I heard Holy Spirit say, “Sing again.” A sister sent me an article about the importance of singing. The Word directed me to sing a new song. (Psalm 149:1) Another sister sent me a new song. All of this in less than two and a half hours. The very next day at 3:26 AM, as I was writing and meditating about singing, my mom texted me Habakkuk 3:18 with a commentary about the word joy and its hidden meaning.
Let’s look at the hidden meaning of “rejoice” and “joy” in our focus verse. There are so many different words for rejoice in the Hebrew language. The Hebrew word for rejoice in our verse of the day is ʿālaz, which means exult; to jump for joy; be joyful, to triumph in success or victory; to be glad above measure. It is the same word for joyful in Psalm 149:5, “Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds” Kids should love this verse. David told us to jump for joy and sing out loud on our beds. Sounds like we have permission from God to jump on our bed and sing. It gets better! The Hebrew word for joy in Habakkuk 3:18 is gil. Its meaning is to be glad, exult, to spin and twirl around; to go around in circles; to dance.
You heard it here folks! My Mom sent me a verse that says it is ok to jump and dance for joy. The inspired word of God tells us we can jump, dance, and sing for joy on OUR BEDS! If that doesn’t make you smile, I do not know what will. God is fun!
Jump for joy. (Psa. 28:7, Psa. 68:4. Luke 6:23)
Dance for joy. (Psa. 9:14. 13:5, Ps. 32:11, Ps. 118:24)
Sing for joy. (Psa. 32:11, Psa. 67:4, Ps. 71:23, Is. 65:14)
Read Habakkuk 1-3:17. It is a short three chapters. Up to the point of verse 18, things are dismal. He sees invading Babylon, desolation and loss are coming. This did not change who mighty God was in his eyes. God was the same. Habakkuk wisely chose to rejoice in the Lord through it all. He remembered that God was > any circumstance or problem.
I do not know what you are going through, but it cannot be much different, nor any worse than Hab’s difficulties! Paul and Silas sang their way out of prison in Acts 16:16-38. We can, too!
I enCOURAGE you to rejoice in the Lord. Want to get high? Want to brighten and lighten up? Things may seem really bad. They are not as bad as you think. You may have been punched time after time. Don’t you always get back up? God IS on your side. He IS for you. Get up faster this time. Sing for joy. Jump for joy. Dance for joy. You can sing, jump, and dance your way happy. Try it. I dare you. Jump on your bed if need be! Exalt and Exult!
“Be glad(brighten up, cheer up) in the LORD and rejoice(spin around in a circle, dance), you righteous; And shout (sing) for joy, all [you] upright in heart!” (Psalm 32:11 Tammy Interpretive Version in parentheses)